Maharashtra's Minister of Agriculture Eknath Khadse has come out in defence of his colleague Pankaja Munde, who is in a political soup for clicking selfies during her field visits to drought-hit Latur. He told the ANI: "What's the big deal in clicking a selfie".
Khadse's support for Munde comes after the minister himself courted controversy for travelling to Latur in a helicopter leading to the wastage of 10,000 litres of water which were used for watering a makeshift helipad. He was apparently just 40 minutes away from the parched region. Instead of travelling by road, he chose to fly there to receive the third water train to the place. Khadse, however, had denied the charges saying: "The amount of water required for the helicopter to land safely was only used."
Both Khadse and Munde have come under attack from the Opposition and the social media for their "insensitive" behaviour in the face of acute water shortage in Marathwada.
"It is unfortunate that a minister went and clicked selfies in drought-hit Latur. I think they should watch their actions before doing such things. I think that Pankaja Munde should have avoided this," Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI.
Latur made national headlines in March when, after anticipating water riots in the region, section 144 was imposed in the area.
--With inputs from ANI